Toni Morrison Wins 2016 PEN/Saul Bellow Award

By Tim Cheng | March 2 2016 | Humanities & Social Sciences

Congratulations to Toni Morrison, who has been selected as the winner of the 2016 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, which goes to a living American author whose scale of achievement in fiction, over a sustained career, places him or her in the highest rank of American literature.

The judges praised Morrison’s “revelatory, intelligent, bold” fiction, and said that she has “not only opened doors to others when she began to publish, [but] has also stayed grounded in the issues of her time. At every turn, she has commented upon and enlarged the conversation about what it is to be black, female, human, universal. Her brilliant and bracing fiction continues to address what is crucial, timely and timeless.”

God Help the Child
978-0-307-74092-2
At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”
$14.95 US
Jan 26, 2016
Paperback
192 Pages
Vintage

Home
978-0-307-74091-5
When Frank Money joined the army to escape his too-small world, he left behind his cherished and fragile little sister, Cee. After the war, his shattered life has no purpose until he hears that Cee is in danger.
$15.00 US
Jan 01, 2013
Paperback
160 Pages
Vintage



Paradise
978-0-8041-6988-2
“They shoot the white girl first. With the rest they can take their time.” So begins Toni Morrison’s Paradise, which opens with a horrifying scene of mass violence and chronicles its genesis in an all-black small town in rural Oklahoma. Founded by the descendants of freed slaves and survivors in exodus from a hostile world, the patriarchal community of Ruby is built on righteousness, rigidly enforced moral law, and fear. But seventeen miles away, another group of exiles has gathered in a promised land of their own. And it is upon these women in flight from death and despair that nine male citizens of Ruby will lay their pain, their terror, and their murderous rage.
$16.95 US
Mar 11, 2014
Paperback
336 Pages
Vintage

The Bluest Eye
978-0-307-27844-9
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.
$14.95 US
May 08, 2007
Paperback
224 Pages
Vintage